There are few things more heartbreaking than seeing a child living on the streets. Sadly, it’s more common than most people realize. Photographer Maria Kabs noticed a little boy named Rommel Quemenales living on the streets of Quezon City in the Philippines and decided to take some photos of him to share on her Facebook page.
Rommel might have been homeless, but he had found a way to bring joy to his life. He had adopted a puppy that was also living on the streets.
Kabs was touched by their friendship and photographed them together.
Rommel didn’t have much to offer the puppy other than love. It turns out, that is all the puppy wanted. Rommel and his canine friend are happy despite their living situation. Now, neither of them has to be lonely because they have each other.
Kabs published her photos on Facebook, and they got a lot of comments. Many people were touched by them. Although everyone wishes that Rommel wasn’t living on the streets and was able to have a normal childhood, they are also glad he has a friend to play with and to make him happy.
Rommel’s story is far more heartbreaking than most people realize.
He told the photographer that his parents had separated, and he had to quit school after second grade. He also said that he had a sister in another town and sometimes get to visit her when he has the money. He would like to go back to school and play with other kids his age. He explained that he found the puppy and named him Badgi.
Badgi is Rommel’s best friend, and they play together all day.
Rommel enjoys teaching Badgi different tricks and cuddling with him at night. Rommel might have been dealt a rough hand, but he has learned to care for others and be compassionate. Badgi and Rommel are lucky to have each other. Hopefully, their lives will get better one day.
But dogs in Pennsylvania will now have stronger protection thanks to a new law that makes it a felony for residents to leave their dogs outside in the cold.
Dog owners who leave a dog outside in extremely cold weather for too long could now face felony animal cruelty charges of up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Libre’s Law (or Pennsylvania, House Bill 1238) was signed into law recently, and specifies that dogs cannot be left outside in temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 30 minutes at a time.
The law was one of several new protections for animals signed into law, that were sparked by the abuse and neglect of a puppy named Libre.
Libre was at the signing with Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed the bill into law (and even applied an inky paw print to the document).
This is a long overdue change, but a positive one. Considering that dogs left outside in extreme cold risk hypothermia, frostbite and death, it seems only appropriate that owners face stronger criminal charges for their actions.
If you see a dog left outside in extreme temperatures, please contact your local law enforcement and/or humane society report it.
Following the sounds, he came to a well and peered inside. He saw what looked like moving mud balls.
Without hesitation, he jumped inside and retrieved them one by one.
The mud balls turned out to be five newborn puppies.
He guessed that the pups’ stray mother must have wandered into the well, but was now nowhere to be found. Thankfully, the puppies were not injured, only heavily coated with mud. It was also fortunate that the mud didn’t suffocate them.
Surachet took the five muddy puppies home to wash them and give them something to eat.
When the puppies are finally clean, an adorable sight awaits!
The puppies’ endearing appearance melted the hearts of the Surachet family who decided to adopt all of them then and there.
Surachet’s story has been shared on social media and viewers have expressed their admiration for his bravery and kind heart. Can’t wait to see how these puppies would look like when they’re older!
The garbage bags contained his bed and all of his toys that the previous owner surrendered along with Wall-E. The shelter posted that the decision to surrender the dog was not taken lightly, as the family was in tears.”This guy deserves a forever family who won’t give up on him! Please don’t bash his previous owners though. We don’t know the whole story. What we do know is the owner was heartbroken and crying. It was hard to finally help them leave. The staff was crying with the owners. We don’t believe this decision was taken lightly.”
However, Wall-E was confused and left wondering what he did wrong to end up back at the shelter.
Jordan Bader, manager of the shelter’s Facebook page, told The Dodo, “He was surrendered by his family because they did not have enough time for him. He was very scared. In his kennel, he would bark and bark.”
A photo of Wall-E and his belongings was posted by the shelter with a plea for a new forever home. The heart-wrenching photo went viral. Along with the photo the staff posted, “Here is Wall-E when he was getting surrendered by his owner 😞. They brought all his stuff.. like it was gonna be there with him 2 months later in his kennel 😞.”
The 6-year-old Lab mix was potty trained and good with kids. He was passed by for two months until one woman saw his photo and heard his story. All he wanted was a home that would love him forever.
Well – he found it! Lynn Lee came to the shelter and met the handsome fella. She immediately fell in love and adopted Wall-E. She brought her other dog along and the two got along great. Now Wall-E will spend the rest of his life playing at the park and sleeping in the sun.
Remember that dogs see you as part of their pack and they should be viewed as family members. They would never abandon or leave you, so do not abandon them. Adopt don’t shop!